On Wednesday, July 1, 2020 shortly before 8:30 pm, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash on LA 60 west of LA 1072 in Washington Parish. The crash claimed the life of 55-year-old John W. Helton of Bogalusa.
The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that Helton was eastbound on LA 60 in a Chevrolet C1500 pickup when a deer entered the roadway in front of him. Helton’s vehicle impacted the deer and then exited the roadway into a ditch where it began to overturn. Helton was unrestrained and sustained fatal injuries during the crash. He was pronounced deceased on scene by the Washington Parish Coroner’s office.